PAYETTE COUNTY - Nampa Fire Chief Karl Malott has been charged with driving under the influence.

Malott was charged November 11 out of Payette County with misdemeanor excessive DUI.

According to Idaho statute, an excessive DUI charge is filed when someone's blood-alcohol content is 0.20 percent or more.

It's illegal to drive in Idaho with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more (0.02% for drivers under 21).

It's unknown if the charge is connected to a motorcycle crash that severely injured Malott in September.

Idaho State Police say the Harley-Davidson motorcycle operated by Malott, 53, rear-ended a red sedan on the eastbound side of I-84 near Sand Hollow on September 24. The impact threw Malott off of his motorcycle.

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No one in the car was injured.

Malott suffered critical injuries in the crash. He was not wearing a helmet, and suffered a severe head injury.

He is now out of the hospital and undergoing physical therapy.

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Nampa Fire Department Battalion chief Phil Roberts said Monday that has visited Malott and that his condition is good - but he has a long road of physical therapy ahead.

Malott is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. November 28.

"I am aware of the situation and am obviously concerned what this means for our city," Mayor Bob Henry said Monday. "But at this time, I can't comment any further on this personnel matter."